We can fabricate a custom frame for your art work. When a client recently called about making a 2 1/2 inch wide floater frame for their painting, I saw it as a challenge: How could I make a frame that big using just the raw wood I have in stock at the shop? We glued three pieces of wood together to create the molding, then planed and sanded and joined it into a frame! The corners were putty-ed and sanded. Lastly, we gave it a beautiful coat of white lacquer to top it off (we prefer Agualente White Water Borne Lacquer for it’s environmental safety).
. Several changes have been incorporated making it easier to understand and use. Our pricing structure was simplified along with adding several services such as custom wrapped linen mats. We also added several profiles to our floater frames and now offer fame’s made from cherry. Several other additions include offering classic frames nationwide, previously only offered to local customers. We are also pleased to note that many of our prices have remained the same.
We just added Cherry and it is available For Floater Frames 2102, 2202, 2402, 2502 Note same price as Walnut
Cherry is 5% off now through August 31 2016
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.
Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to stick them to the surface.
Most encaustic artists use ‘floater frames.’ We have in a number of styles and finishes. The art is attached to the back thus allowing for a variable space between the art and the side of the frame..Framing your piece (or finishing it) is a way to honor your work
The Image above features artwork by encaustic artist Marilyn Banner in one of our custom floater frames. To see more of her work http://marilynbanner.com/
When The Principal Gallery in Alexandra Va contacted us about framing a 10.5 foot painting in one our seamless corner floater frames I could not turn down the challenge. When we received the Thomas Downing painting it was rolled up. With no stretcher bar that big to be found we needed to fabricate one. That was the first big challenge. Once the canvass was stretched we made the frame. After it was leafed, we needed to install the painting having to turn it over several times in order to accomplish this challenging aspect of the project. Finally, we made a wooden crate so it could be shipped to the client in Massachusetts safely. Our final challenge was getting it on the semi truck. All hands available we needed all along the way.
I just obtain 5 year old air dried walnut that is some of the nicest I have seen in a while. Walnut fans hurry this will not last long.
Our new house complete
We just moved in our new house that we built next to our shop. The commute to work now is across the driveway. The house is a modular home; my wife and I did the interior. We welcome visitors whenever you happen to be in the area.
What’s Up at FAF
The shop is coming along quite nicely and we are in the process of hooking up a wood stove for heat. It got cold here rather quickly. Holiday deadlines:
Leafed frames must be ordered on or before December 1st to be guaranteed to be ready for Christmas.
Basic finishes must be ordered by December 15th. Featured Frames
In honor of the season, this issue’s featured frame is any frame with 22 karrot gold on it. The sheen and richness of real gold has a quality all its own. The depth of the finish is worth its weight in gold! How a Floater Frame is Made Part 2 (In part one we talked about the glueing up process and the planing process.) Once we have the raw frame glued and planed we are then ready to prepare the surface of the frame for the finish. The first finish is a basic finish. This can be either a stain or wash that is top coated with a clear finish to seal and protect the wood. The basic finish is applied with a brush or a rag directly to the raw wood with several coats depending how dark the customer wants it or what kind of stain or wash is being used. We have many stains in stock from which to choose from or we can order one if you prefer. Once the stain has been applied and is dry, we spray a clear coat on the frame with a spray gun. The frame is allowed to dry again and is lightly sanded with a very fine sand paper and a second clear coat is applied giving the frame the shine or satin sheen. Another basic finish is a clear satin lacuor showing the natural beauty of the grains in the wood…. Come back in the next issue and we will discuss this finish and the corners of our joined frames.
We wanted to keep you informed of the BIG changes I have gone through this past year. I have built a shop out in Franklin County, NC. It takes the foot print of a four car garage and is two stories high. The upstairs consists of a room 20ft x 24ft and the rest is open to the downstairs. We have this large open space to store my inventory standing up, which is better for the wood. Downstairs I process the order and build your frame. If you have chosen any one of our of our basic finishes it is also done in this area. Soon I will have a spray booth out the back door. Any of the leaf finishes are done upstairs in the “clean” room. My wife likes it when I am working up there as she has her own hobby corner in the room. Along with my new shop I have acquired lots of new (used) equipment to better process your frames. So now I am able to fully process the frames from raw wood to finished product in house.
This issue’s featured frame is actually going to be frames. That is to say, all my frames are on sale. This is the last month before a rate increase will take effect. Afterall, I have not adjusted my prices since 2008.
If you order before September 15,2014, I will honor the 2008 prices of all my frames.
How A Floater Frame is Made, Part 1
Our frames are all a two piece design where one of 3 backer stock options is glued to the outer frame and are made to fit the customer’s canvas depth. We have stock of the various face sizes that have previously been ripped, i.e., sawed and are ready to be married to the backer stock when we are given the measurements of the artwork. Once the boards have been glued together, we run it through the plainer, once to get rid of the excess glue on the back and another time to get rid of the saw blade marks on the front.